Umrah And Its Significance

24 Apr 2019

Umrah holds a very special place in every Muslim’s heart. The importance of Umrah for every Muslim comes from its significance in Islam. Umrah is the pilgrimage performed any time of the year except during the time of the pilgrimage of Hajj. Umrah is also known as “the minor pilgrimage” as it not mandatory for every Muslim to perform, whereas, Hajj is also known as “the major pilgrimage” as it is obligatory for every Muslim to perform at least once in their life and it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.

A large number of Muslims all around the world performs Umrah, albeit not being necessary, because it provides a deeper spiritual connection between the Muslims and the Almighty. Umrah showers many rewards on the individuals who perform this sacred pilgrimage. The following Hadith can easily define the significance of Umrah:

“Allah's Apostle said, "(The performance of) 'Umra is an expiation for the sins committed (between it and the previous one). And the reward of Hajj Mabrur (the one accepted by Allah) is nothing except Paradise."”

The Procedure of Performing Umrah and Its Requirements:

It takes minimum a week (7 days) to perform the pilgrimage of Umrah. According to the Sharia, which is another word for the Islamic Law, the procedure of Umrah includes performing a Tawaaf around the Holy Kaaba, followed by practicing Sa’i between the two hills of Al-Safa and Al-Marwah in Masjid-al-Haram in Medinah. After this procedure, women need to practice taqsir in which it is mandatory for them to cut an inch or more of their hair, whereas, men have to practice halq in which in which it is compulsory to shave their head completely.

Now, as we have explained the procedure, it is important to note the requirement, which, if not taken care of, make it impossible for a Muslim to perform Umrah completely: the Ihram. The Ihram is the state a Muslim must assume in which they spiritually cleanse themselves completely and wear a specific sort of clothing. Men often wear Ihram in the form of white clothing whereas women’s clothing varies from person to person. The clothing for men includes not wearing an attire with any stitched items. Muslims should not wear any sort of scent and women should not wear any sort of burqa. 

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